By Edwin Velez
Reviewed on Xbox One
Released on November 4th, 2016 for Xbox One
Developer: Gamepires Publisher: Iceberg Interactive
Most racers typically ease you into the titles formula, explaining a bit of the modes, control schemes, and overall premise before letting you settle in behind the wheel. That is not exactly the case in GGE though unfortunately. After starting a career, you are set up with a sponsor, and not much else is discussed. Head over to the race portion of your options, and you will be greeted by a variety of race types to participate in. After playing a few rounds, you will begin to notice that you are climbing or dropping in the ranks, depending on your performance. The races, which you can participate in however you like, are always available. They will rotate tracks as well as bonus objectives, but the neat thing is that if you do not prefer one mode you do not have to play in it in order to advance. While this formula of throwing the player blindly in is a bit off putting, the fun you will have once you flesh things out really puts those feelings in the rearview mirror quick. The initial three race types you can participate in are Power Race, Battle Race, and Elimination Race. Power Races are more about actual racing, using minimal weapons and out driving the competition. Battle races are more orientated to a Mario Kart type feel, where you can shoot and trap your way to the finish line. Elimination sees the racers fight to not be in last place at the end of each lap, or they are in fact, eliminated. Note that in both Elimination and Battle Races, if your car or an opponent’s car gets destroyed, you are out for the race. This means if everyone but you loses their car before the race is over, you just landed a quick win.
Many of the races are spent fighting and surviving. There is a solid amount of guns to choose from to aid you in this endeavor. My personal favorite was an upgraded version of the shotgun, which, when fired up close, had a huge impact on the cars. Many cars would get thrown off alignment with a few well-placed and timed shots, ultimately exploding if they did not up their health in time. From machine guns, rocket launchers, and chain guns, you can expect to run into and come across a lot of fire power during your seasoned career. One of the coolest features, which is on select weapons, is the option to fire backwards at those on your tail. Someone pumping your rear end full of lead? Return fire with the simple press of a button! It is not as accurate, but it surely helps. Aside from guns, there are also other pick-ups along the way. Things like health pick-ups, additional rounds, and boost help keep you in the race. Traps like smoke, mines, and stun grenades help you put others out of it. Once again, the variety does its job. I would not ask for less by any means, but I do not think GGE necessarily needs more in this department.
I really like this game. It’s got some cheesy bits to it, like the hilarious pun filled names (Luke Likesheet, Alotta Fagina to name a few) or its Duke Nukem inspired commentator. Otherwise though, it’s a fun and engaging action racer. The career is not going to be deep like some serious racers, but thankfully Gas Guzzlers Extreme does not take itself too seriously because it really does not need to. I like it for what it is, and if you can look past the lack of multiplayer and aesthetic shine, you are truly in for a fun time. This game is one hell of a drive and worth the mileage you will put into it.
*Note: A copy of the game was provided for the purposes of the review
Final Score: 8/10
+Fun Combat and Racing
+Tongue in Cheek Humor
-Lack of Multiplayer
-Some Dull Textures